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Police Civilian Review Board Process

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City Council - Public Hearing

A public hearing on the Civilian Review Board is scheduled for the May 21, 2018 City Council meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. Please click here for the full agenda.


Police Civilian Review Board Candidate Forum (Recorded 4/24/18)


Help City Council select a Police Civilian Review Board.  Read the candidate bios, watch the forum, and then complete our online surveyThe survey will remain open until May 24, 2018.

On December 18, 2017, City Council approved the creation of the Police Civilian Review Board. Click here to view the resolution.


The initial Police Civilian Review Board (CRB) is tasked with drafting bylaws, which shall address matters including, but not limited to: 

  • Defining the CRB's proposed mission; 
  • Proposing CRB membership, including number of members, representation, membership criteria and length of term; 
  • Researching, documenting and incorporating best practices for independent civilian review boards, including but not limited to working with such groups as the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE);
  • Creating guidelines or a Memorandum of Understanding for effectively interacting with the Chief of Police;
  • Defining an effective and cooperative structure for CRB review of police actions;
  • Developing procedures for reviewing police matters, including but not limited to investigative detention reports, use-of-force incidents, and internal affairs appeals;
  • Implementing mechanisms for reporting out findings, including a quarterly report delivered to Council;
  • Seeking input from the City Attorney, Commonwealth’s Attorney, and the Chief of Police as to whether or not special enabling legislation and ordinances are required, and to ensure legal constraints, liability concerns, and privacy issues are properly addressed;
  • Providing appropriate CRB member training; and
  • Recommending level of City staff support for the CRB


Council will appoint 7 initial members that reflect the community on the whole, inclusive of members of minority and low-wealth communities and members who have direct experience with past and current Charlottesville Police Department (CPD) policing practices. 

Initial Term:  1 year


Gloria Beard Josh Bowers Dan Brown
Evan Brown Sarah Burke Jose Cuenca
Ian Dickinson Jeff Fogel Don Gathers
Kathryn Gehred Juan Gonzalez Maggie Harden
Joyce Hillstrom Creighton McEleney Rosia Y. Parker
Helen Plainsance James "JP" Roberts Keith Robertson
Lewis Savarese Kristin Schroeder Megan Selvage
James Shea Jr. Katrina Turner Guillermo Ubilla
Victoria Valdes


UPDATE: Of the 25 applications received, Council selected the 17 applicants who are City residents to participate in the Civilian Review Board Community Forum, which has been scheduled for Tuesday, April 24 from 5:30 - 8:45 p.m.  at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.  

Gloria Beard Josh Bowers Evan Brown-withdrew
Sarah Burke Ian Dickinson -withdrew Jeff Fogel
Don Gathers Juan Gonzalez Maggie Harden-withdrew
Joyce Hillstrom-withdrew Rosia Y. Parker Helen Plainsance
Kristin Schroeder -withdrew Megan Selvage -withdrew Guillermo Ubilla
James Shea Jr.-withdrew Katrina Turner

The format for the CRB Community Forum is as follows:

Police Civilian Review Board Community Forum

Facilitators:  Mr. Bob Garrity & Ms. Mitsuko Clemmons-Nazeer

5:30 p.m.             Welcome / Brief Introduction                      Forum Facilitators

5:45 p.m.             Opening Statements                                      CRB Applicants

6:15 p.m.             Community Q&A                                         Attendees / CRB Applicants / Forum Facilitator

8:15 p.m.             Conclusion / Open Social                             Attendees / CRB Applicants
                            (Refreshments provided)

Opening Statements:  Each applicant will have up to 2 minutes to give an opening statement. 

 General guidelines for answering questions:

  • Each applicant will answer approximately three questions during the course of the forum
  • Each applicant will be given 2 minutes each to answer any question they elect to respond to
  • More than one applicant may answer any given question
  • Facilitators will work to guide the forum as needed to help ensure each applicant receives the opportunity to answer three questions

Community Q&A: Members of the community will write their questions and their name on cards and place them in a box at the front of the auditorium.  Facilitators will draw questions from the box and announce them clearly to the applicants.  Applicants may decide what questions they would like to answer; each response will be given a 2 minute time guideline.  Staff is planning to live stream the community forum, including on Facebook.  The forum recording will also be available for viewing after the event is over.

Open Social: Following the community Q&A, there will be an open opportunity for attendees and applicants to socialize in an open, casual environment.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Opportunities for feedback: Members of the public will be given several opportunities for feedback on applicants, as well as on the Civilian Review Board in general.  Feedback opportunities will include online forms, paper response forms, e-mail / phone feedback options, and a public hearing at an upcoming regular City Council meeting, scheduled for May 21.  Each applicant has been asked to submit a brief biography; those have been posted here so that attendees are able to view them ahead of the forum.  They will remain in place through the conclusion of the CRB selection process.

Final selection: Councilors are expected to select seven applicants to serve on the Civilian Review Board at their meeting on June 4.